So-called "surge pricing" is a concept that many D.C. taxi passengers know all too well. Anyone who has hailed an Uber cab during a high-traffic night can tell you about the rates that result when demand and availability determine price.
Currently, D.C. cabs are bound by rules that keep fares tied to meters, but the new rules would give drivers flexibility on pricing when riders book online and via smartphone apps, WAMU reports. Don't worry about cabs hailed on the street charging surge fares, though. That would still be off-limits.